Yoga Class

Class Schedule for May/June 2015

ALL OF OUR CLASSES ARE MIXED LEVEL, and BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME.

THE CLASS FEE FOR EACH CLASS APPEARS BELOW.  * THE SUGGESTED AMOUNT FOR DONATION CLASSES IS $12.

Monday

9.00 – 10.15 am – Vinyasa – Elizabeth $12 *NOTE: no class on 5/25

10.30 – 11.30 am – In Motion – Mecquel $15/$10 for students *NOTE: no class on 5/25

12.00 – 1.00 pm – Vinyasa – Dagmar $10 *NOTE: no class on 5/25

4.15 – 5.15 pm – Kids Yoga ages 5-12 – Mecquel (loft) $15 *NOTE: no class on 5/25

4.30 – 5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Amy $12 *NOTE: no class on 5/25

6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa  – Samuel $10 *NOTE: no class on 5/25

7.30 – 8.30 pm – Yoga for Beginners 4 Week Series  – Aya  (loft) – $50 for 4 weeks; preregistration is required.   Please contact gemma@gratitudeyoga.org to register for the next available series. *NOTE: no class on 5/25

7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot  Vinyasa -Samuel $10 *NOTE: no class on 5/25

Tuesday  

9.00-10.15 am – Vinyasa  – Gemma (donation*)

12.00 -1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma (donation*)

4.30 -5.45 pm – Vinyasa- Gemma (donation*)

6.00 -7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Amy $12

6.15 – 7.15 pm – Yoga for Beginners 4 Week Series  – Elizabeth  (loft) – $50 for 4 weeks; preregistration is required.   Please contact gemma@gratitudeyoga.org to register for the next available series.

7.45 – 9.00 pm – Gentle Vinyasa – Elizabeth $12

Wednesday:  

9.00 – 10.15 am – Kali Yoga – Mecquel  $15, $10 for students

10.30 – 11.45 am – Healing Meditation – Nina (donation*)

12.00 – 1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma (donation*)

4.30 – 5.45 pm –  Vinyasa – Aya $12

6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Gemma (donation*)

7.30 – 8.30 pm on 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, and 6/17 – Cleanse Meeting – Gemma

7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot  Vinyasa  – Samuel  $10

Thursday

9.00-10.30 am – Vinyasa – Gemma(donation*)

10.30-11.30 am – Beginners Vinyasa – Aya $12

12.00-1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma (donation*)

12.00 -1.00 pm – Movement/Meditation/Mantra – Mecquel (loft) $15, $10 for students

1.15-2.15 pm – Kali Yoga – Mecquel $15, $10 for students

4.30 – 5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Elizabeth $12

6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Dagmar $12

7.30 – 9.00 pm – Chinese Martial Arts Style Strength Training – Ato $14 *NOTE: no class on 5/21

Friday:

9.00 – 10.15 am – Gentle Vinyasa – Gemma(donation*)

10.30-11.45 am – Kundalini Yoga- Kimberly $12

12.00 – 1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma(donation*)

4.30 – 5.45 pm – Vinyasa –  Dagmar $10 *NOTE: no class on 5/22

6.00 -7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Samuel $10

7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot  Vinyasa –  Samuel $10

Saturday

8.00 – 9.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma(donation*)

10.00 -11.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma(donation*) *NOTE: special Benefit Class for Nepal with Live Music by Samuel on 5/23

10.00 – 11.15 am – Prenatal Yoga – Nina (loft) $12

11.30 – 12.30 pm – Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – Nina (loft)(donation*)

12.00 – 1.00 pm on 5/23 – Yoga in the Garden at Morven – Gemma FREE

1.30 – 2.30 pm – Beginners Vinyasa – Aya $12 *NOTE: no class on 5/23

3.00-4.30 pm on 5/2 – Yoga for Cyclists with Casey: A Special Class to Benefit Bike & Build, $25

3.00 – 5.00 pm on 5/9 – A Conversation with Author Elizabeth Benedict about her NYT Bestseller: What My Mother Gave Me $35

4.00 – 5.30 pm on 5/30 – Candlelight Yin Yoga – Gemma $15 (preregistration is recommended)

Sunday:

8.00 – 9.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma (*donation $12) *NOTE: Aya will teach this class on 5/24

10.00 – 11.15 am – Vinyasa  – Gemma (*donation $12) *NOTE: Elizabeth will teach this class on 5/24

11.30 am-12.30 pm – Gentle Vinyasa & Deep Stretching – Gemma  (*donation $12) * NOTE: Holly will teach this class on 5/24

4.00 – 5.15 pm – Vinyasa – Elizabeth $12

5.30 – 6.45 pm –  Vinyasa – Dagmar $12 *NOTE: Holly will teach this class on 5/24

7.00 – 8.30 pm –  Gratitude Yoga Community Meditation – Mikhail  (*donation $12)

 

)We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement and bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a towel to class.  We also have mats to borrow and water to purchase at the studio.

Private and Semi-Private Sessions:

Private one-on-one or small group sessions are a wonderful way to begin or deepen your yoga practice in a more intimate, individually focused setting. The fee for private sessions ranges from $90-$120.

ONGOING CLASSES:

Alignment-Based Yoga:

This class teaches the alignment and actions of the mind and body that help us understand why we do the poses, and to do them with an increasing sense of ease, strength, and well-being. The pace of the class is slow, poses are held for longer periods, and props are used to help teach the shapes and sensations of the poses. It is a lifetime’s study, but even a one-hour session can do a lot for us.

Beginners  Vinyasa:

This class allows beginners to explore yoga at their own pace while experiencing a comfortable and dynamic vinyasa flow. In this class, the focus on alignment empowers students to develop a deeper understanding of each posture.  Poses are held to develop strength and heat in the body. Various breath techniques are used to enrich the practice and calm the mind.  This class gives students the confidence to take more advanced classes and perhaps even develop a personal practice. While geared toward beginners, this class is also great for students who want to refine their alignment and create stability in their yoga practice.

Candlelight Yin Yoga with Aromatherapy:

Yin Yoga is a wonderful complementary practice to other styles of yoga like Vinyasa, Hatha and Ashtanga. All of these practices help us begin to strip away the layers of stress our bodies hold from the daily pressures of living in this fast-paced, stimulating, and multi-tasking culture. Just as more active yoga practices help build strength and flexibility in the muscles, Yin Yoga helps build strength and flexibility in the body’s connective tissue through gentle, long-held postures. It is a healing, rejuvenating and restorative practice also well-suited for athletes to aid recovery from the rigors of their sport. This class, conducted in a candlelit room, includes gentle Yin poses, which are held for several minutes to give the muscles and connective tissue time to release tension, as well as more energetic Yang poses to keep the energy flowing. It is a non-rigorous, meditative practice that allows us to explore and connect with inner stillness and quietude; it is intended to help relieve not only the physical, but also the energetic, mental and emotional effects of our everyday stresses.  The practice is complemented by the use of therapeutic essential oils.  Our Candlelight Yin Yoga classes are currently offered on a monthly basis, on Saturday afternoons from 4.00-5.30 pm.  Please check our Events page for information about upcoming Candlelight Yin Yoga classes.

Chinese Martial Arts Strength Training:

This strength training class is a fusion of eastern and western fitness regimens designed to change the body from the inside out. Originally developed as a physical conditioning program for the advanced martial arts, the program builds the strength, coordination, stamina and flexibility required for demanding physical exercise. Using a combination of isometric and aerobic body movements to tone and condition the body, the class combines both aerobic and anaerobic exercises to create a workout that strengthens the body’s cardiovascular system, core muscles and tendons while gradually toning the skin and superficial muscles. It requires very little space, no weights or equipment, and it’s fun.  Once you learn the principles and practice you can take it with you anywhere and practice your entire life.

Classical Pilates Mat Class:

Joseph Pilates lived by a Schiller quotation, “It is the spirt that builds the body.” He called his discipline The Art of Contrology: Mental and Physical Conditioning. Unlike other workouts, Pilates works from the interior without the Western notion of force. Standing taller and treading more lightly is transformative. The exercises take you somewhere else and you leave invigorated. Maybe if we feel better in our skin we will treat each other with loving kindness.

Gentle Vinyasa:

Less rigorous than the Vinyasa Flow class, the Gentle Vinyasa Flow class moves at a more moderate pace, allowing students to focus on the breath and generate mindfulness while developing an awareness of alignment within the poses.

Gratitude Yoga Book Club:

Are you a Gratitude regular looking to supplement your yoga with a deeper intellectual or spiritual practice? Do you read books on spirituality, Buddhism or yoga philosophy and wish you had a community with which to share them? Do you just love spending time at the studio and want to meet other people who do, too? Then, please join us for a brand new monthly book group. You don’t need to have a regular yoga practice or any prior experience with Buddhism or spirituality to join us. Everyone is welcome. Our Book Group meets the first Tuesday of each month.  Suggested donation: $5/session

Gratitude Gita:

Revered as one of the most sacred wisdom texts of the East and widely considered a foundational treatise on yoga practice, the Bhagavad Gita brings readers to the intersection of spirituality and the human experience. Though millennia old, its refreshingly practical and comforting wisdom is as relevant today as it was in ancient times. In this weekly facilitated study of the text, we will embark on a journey through the teachings of the Gita and explore how those teachings resonate with our experiences and struggles in the here and now. We will examine a number of themes raised by the Gita, and use the Gita’s own core of Bhakti Yoga-the path of love, grace, and gratitude-as a lens through which to encounter the rest of the book. Interactive exercises, small group discussion, and opportunities to meditate and reflect on the teachings will help transform our study from the informational to the experiential.  Sessions will be facilitated by Vineet Chandler, Director of Hindu Life at Princeton University. All are welcome, no previous experience with the text is required.  Materials will be provided. Suggested donation: $5/session or $75 for all 20 sessions.

Gratitude Yoga Community Meditation:

Our weekly practice of insight meditation, also called mindfulness meditation or vipassana, meets on Sunday evenings.  Our weekly sessions will provide some basic instruction, and include periods of seated and walking meditation, selected readings, and sound therapy using Himalayan singing bowls. No prior meditation experience is necessary.  All are welcome.  For more information, please feel free to email gemma@gratitudeyoga.org, or call Gemma at 732 642 9721.

Healing Meditation:

This class offers meditation working with breath, sound, and mantra (silent or out loud). You will practice pranayama (breath techniques), 11 to 22 minutes of meditation, followed by deep relaxation and ending with a 3 minute meditation practice to take home with you.  The meditations to eliminate negative thoughts, relieve stress, alleviate fear of the future, foster a calm heart, and increase focus and energy are based on the kundalini yoga tradition and  have been called “medical meditations” based on research showing their healing effects on the brain, body, and mind.  Open to all, from beginners to experienced meditators.

Hot  Vinyasa:

Practicing yoga in a hot environment opens the muscular/skeletal system, it stimulates the glandular system, and helps eliminate toxins to rebuild the body from old injuries. Beyond the physical implications, environmental heat acts as a powerful and tangible psychological force that compels students of all levels to overcome attachment to external distractions. This supports the practice of meditation, considered the primary vehicle for self-realization in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  Hot yoga practice builds strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Hot Yoga will keep your mind focused, relieve stress, purify your blood, improve circulation and restore health and vitality to your body and soul.

In Motion:

In Motion is a mindfulness movement/dance practice, drawing on improvisation, somatic techniques such as modern and post-modern dance, Ideokinesis, and Bartenieff Fundamentals.  This class is grounded in yoga philosophy and approaches movement as process, awakening the body and mind from the inside out. No movement experience is necessary and all are welcome.

Kali Yoga:

Moving beyond the mat, this class explores the intelligence of the body as it moves through space, responding to the weight of gravity, the lightness of air with the fluidity of water.  Drawing from influences of Yoga, Ideokinesis, Feldenkrais, Modern Dance, and other somatic techniques, we integrate movement re-patterning explorations to develop movement/body awareness, mobility, core strength, and fluidity.  This class will deepen our practice, and develop new movement possibilities that bring your body, mind, and spirit into alignment with joyful, honest expression.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation:

Kundalini Yoga is known as the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful technology appropriate for all that is designed to trigger an experience of the unchanging Self. In each class, we use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal your mind and body, allowing the spirit to flow freely. Kundalini Yoga brings a greater feeling of well-being and happiness – our natural birthright as humans. This powerful and effective form of Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini Yoga, is a great way to recharge and heal your body quickly. How? By stimulating the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility, as it centers the mind and opens the heart. From your very first class, you’ll reap the rewards.

Movement/Meditation/Mantra:

This class is a laboratory for the experience of yoga philosophy and principles for freedom, and more joyful living.  Our most effective means of learning is experience. This class is a “no holds barred” leap into the investigation of thought through experience.

Prenatal Yoga:

Pregnancy is one of the most special times in a woman’s life. It is a time for nurturing, slowing down and learning to meditate, while being in the company of other mothers-to-be. These unique Prenatal Yoga Classes provide safe, simple and effective exercises designed to strengthen and relax your rapidly changing body, preparing you for a conscious childbirth. Join other pregnant women as you strengthen your physical body with yoga, and bring clarity and fearlessness to your mind through meditation. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is the cornerstone of our Prenatal Yoga classes, which go far beyond the physical realm of mere movement. Our prenatal program helps mothers-to-be discover a deeper sense of peace and harmony within. All women at any stage in their pregnancy are welcome.

Vinyasa:

Our Vinyasa classes offer vigorous Vinyasa flow sequences combined with some balance poses, backbends, and deeper release stretches. The Vinyasa classes are open to all levels of yoga experience, and modifications are welcome.  Those who are new to the class are encouraged to rest or adjust the postures and the pace as necessary.  Please contact Gemma at tel. 732 642 9721 or gemma@gratitudeyoga.org for more information on particular Vinyasa classes/teachers.

Yoga for Beginners:

Beginning a yoga practice can be intimidating, whatever your age or physical condition.  In this class, you will find the support that you need to discover your body in new ways and move confidently into basic yoga postures.  You will also acquire the tools necessary to build a lifelong yoga practice. Geared toward beginners, the class is also suitable for students who want to refresh their practice.